Many believed that Jimmy Graham's time as a premier NFL tight end was over.
The Seattle Seahawks' tight end ruptured his patellar tendon last November, some thought the three-time Pro Bowler would never recapture his form because of the devastating nature of the injury.
Well Graham proved all the nay-sayers wrong on Monday night by making a pair of spectacular one-handed touchdowns, the type of plays he consistently made during his time with the New Orleans Saints.
"I'm excited because a lot of people didn't believe that I'd come back," Graham said, according to ESPN's Sheil Kapadia. "A lot of people just didn't believe that I'd be able to be me again. To go out there and do that (Monday), it means a lot because I put so much work in. When no one was watching, I was in the shadows working."
One of the people who have most benefitted from Graham's comeback is quarterback Russell Wilson, who lauded the his grit and perseverance.
"Play after play, catch after catch, the catches that he's making, his grit, his ability to overcome situations and obstacles, it's a true testament to the character of man that he is and the person that he is," Wilson said.
Graham is now on pace for a 76-catch, 1,090-yard season, which would make quite the storybook year for him.
Source: ESPN · Photo Credit: Images Courtesy of Keystone Press